farmhouse-bedroomThis was supposed to be an amazing post.


I’d already written it in my head on the way to Wal-Mart.

I was going to tell you all about my new duvet cover that I bought from IKEA for only $19.99 and how much I love crisp white cotton and then you were going to tell me that you loved crisp white cotton duvet covers too…..and then we’d drink our coffee together and discuss how amazing it is when the cotton is new and fresh and white and kind of pops in the air when you make the bed for the first time.


Did I mention that it was only $19.99?


The scene was set.

The camera was ready.

The duvet cover was crisp and white and perfect…..

….and then I noticed all the wrinkles.

No worries.

I laugh at wrinkles.

All I needed was a spray bottle to spray a little water….then smooth down the cotton….and the amazing post would be off and running.


So I grabbed the spray bottle full of water and lightly misted the duvet cover.

And as the droplets fell one-by-one in slow motion onto the crisp-white-never-before-been-used cotton duvet….

….I screamed.



I think they are still talking about it two counties away.

But I couldn’t help it.

The entire duvet was covered with…..



Five seconds later the twins and my mother burst into the room.

“Are you alright?  Is everything okay?” my mother asked quickly.

I was almost in tears.

I didn’t say anything.

I couldn’t.

I just pointed.

All eyes turned toward the water bottle and the brown spots and I think I heard an audible gulp from the crowd.

“Umm….Mom…..that water bottle….” one of the twins said hesitantly….looking toward her sister for support.

“Umm….you see…..umm….the other day we were playing hotel and we brought our pancakes and syrup upstairs….and kind of accidentally….maybe….might have…..

….dipped the water bottle in maple syrup.”


I see….the whole playing-hotel-dip-the-water-bottle-in-maple-syrup game.

I can’t believe I didn’t recognize it.

I should have spotted it immediately.


Good thing there’s bleach.

Good thing the peanut gallery has moved on to playing store.

Good thing there are so many more posts to come…..and 364 more days…..

….to be amazing. 🙂

.The Tower

PS   My incredible friend, Chris Skates, just published his second novel…..The Tower.  It’s full of drama (a little romance) and it’s set in the time period right after Noah and his family get off the ark.  If you want to read along with me….you can order it for Kindle… or paperback…

Congratulations to my favorite published author!

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  1. Image for Adrienne Adrienne

    You have an uncanny knack of storytelling, Karianne! Love waking up each morning and reading your posts with my coffee. You always make me laugh :). The book looks really good too. I'm going to get both in the series for me and my going-into-highschool-daughter-but-we-don't-talk-about-that-yet!! Maybe I should buy two copies so we could read together :). Have a great day!!

  2. Image for Donna Donna

    Which duvet is that from Ikea? Looks so pretty(now). Your room looks so summery and fresh. And you always make me laugh!

  3. Image for Lois Lois

    Good Morning Karianne! First, you are my hero! just for buying white with kids and pets! I so want to do my bedroom in white on white but fear takes over as soon as I give it a serious thought! And second, thanks for the morning chuckle! I am new to Thistlewood Farm but have come to not sharing my morning tea with anyone else! I hope the syrup came out!! :)

  4. Image for Sharea Sharea

    Does it make me a bad friend that I laughed and laughed...partly because I can totally see that happening to me but mainly because you a really good writer? The room looks great. Love the flowers on the mantle! Oh and thanks for the laugh!

  5. Image for Gee Gee

    EEeeeee!!! I screamed right along with you. Oh no!!! I am hoping the magic of bleach took care of the spots and the pp of crisp white was once again back. Guessed I too missed the memo about the 'playing hotel and dipping the spray bottle in the syrup'. Big hugs. Gee

  6. Image for Gretchen Gretchen

    Sometimes I laugh out loud when I'm reading your blog and today was one of those days. Maple syrup? Who would have guessed?

  7. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    Well...everything else looked great! Your story reminded me how happy I am that my kids are all grown up...sounds like something they would have done! Thanks for the giggle this morning!! ;)

  8. Image for Angela Angela

    Oh, what a cute post! That's why we love white, right? You can just bleach it and it comes out great! I'm proud of your girls for coming clean!!! Have a wonderful day, friend!!~~Angela

  9. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    Another great story to add to the memory book for your girls!!...I know it was awful when it happened...but I know when you look back on this, you will laugh instead of scream....

  10. Image for Kat Kat

    Kids *shakes heads* I've given up on any decorative textiles living past one use on the dining table. Sometimes I feel like I'm conducting experiments trying to get certain stains out of placemats and runners! And THANKS for posting this! There needs to be a blooper site, Facebook page, SOMETHING, for all of these funny (in hindsight) happenings.

  11. Image for Joyce Joyce

    Oh dear, oh my! You have tickled us all with your adorable writing! I am so sorry about your beautiful duvet-but I just know with your darling ways it will all be alright! Happy Hugs- Jemma

  12. Image for barbara barbara

    As much as I detest the rat maze/IKEA, they do have some wonderful values, with or without syrup! If ever you need down pillow inserts, they have the best prices! Cheers!, Barbara

  13. Image for Lynn Lynn

    Awh...I feel your pain. I have raised a whole mess of messy teenagers. I could manage mine better when they were small. Now I'm down to one pretty neat 16 year old and a soon to be 7 year old. I'm hoping for much better home decor days. It was still a great post. Thanks for sharing the not so perfect moments, too.

  14. Image for Sarah Sarah

    Yikes! Lucky thing those two sweet girls have you for their mom. Are most moms as calm and understanding about such things? I love how you keep it all real. I mean, really look at your pristine bedroom! We have a white duvet and pillows, and trust me, our master doesn't even begin to offer the serene scene of yours. And we don't even have kids! '-) Love reading Thistlewood Farm!!! ~ Sarah

  15. Image for Diana Diana

    Love this...laughed and laughed! Now if it happened to me a little more drama. Love your style honey and I appreciate you make me take a moment to breath....gotta love life! Dj

  16. Image for Amber @ Black Rooster Cottage Amber @ Black Rooster Cottage

    Twins. Gotta love the mischief (NOT!). Mine are 5 and on their way to giving me many, many, MANY (more) gray hairs than I desire! I have learned to embrace what they do and thank heaven for what could have been. Example: Sharpie marker all over the banister of the stairs. What could be worse? The carpet. ** We are in a rental so THAT would have been catastrophic! At the end of the day, the warm snuggles fixes it all. :) Your bedroom looks gorgeous, by the way!!

  17. Image for Jerri C. TN Jerri C. TN

    Of course they did........ why wouldn't they put maple syrup in the spray bottle?!!? Summer creativity at it's finest!

  18. Image for bj bj

    awwww, but this is why I love bleaches sooo nicely...hope your spots bleached their way totally OUT. O, and I made your Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars...NO BAKE...and I am totally surprised that I'm not on Fox News by now....all the people at our Father's Day barbeque raved and raved and raved about it. They asked WHERE I got that amazing recipe...I said, O.....I made it up....and never even mentioned YOUR name. They all threw rose petals and played songs on their Recorders and angle wings fluttered around me all day long. I am, HOWEVER, doing a post on them...TRYing to make MY photos look as amazing as YOURS...but no such luck. And...I AM mentioning your name in my post because I feel sure YOU would track me down and beat me up with your new duvet cover ...and the syrup spots would hurt me.

  19. Image for Cynthia Cynthia

    What a story and I could feel the panic I'd have over that. I would have screamed too! I hope the bleach does the trick. Keeping my fingers crossed. Cynthia

  20. Image for Lisa @ My Ordinary Country Life Lisa @ My Ordinary Country Life

    The suspense....the drama.....the story line....the comic was all there and I loved every minute of it.....:)))))) Thanks.....I love the quilt but the story was even better....:)

  21. Image for Diane Diane

    Loved the story and I agree, you should be the next published author, but I don't get the how or why of dipping the spray bottle in the maple syrup hotel thing. Maybe I need another cup of coffee, ha ha! Did they spray the maple syrup from the bottle onto the pancakes? You really have me so curious! I am sure it all came out in the wash. Take care and thanks for the smiles. ~Diane

  22. Image for Marci Marci

    Bleach is the reason I buy only white sheets. Colored sheets get stained, too, and you have fewer options to get the stains out. Syrup is mostly sugar, which dissolves in water, so I don't think you'd even need the bleach in this case.

  23. Image for Regina Regina

    Bless you, Karianne! I feel your pain! And the duvet cover was so pretty, too! :) Oh well. Now it will be softer, and will smell AMAZING! Did I tell you I met Chris at the McNet conference? I can't wait to read BOTH his books - I'm hoping I can find a copy of the first one eventually!

  24. Image for Traci Traci

    You had me both gasping and laughing with this story. I always love reading your posts. Hope the syrup comes out. Traci

  25. Image for Patty O Patty O

    I screamed in my head with you! Oh heavens...gotta love those girls and the games they come up with! Hug them tight, pull out the bleach and wash...rinse and repeat if necessary! :)

  26. Image for Jane Jane

    Honestly, I am so sorry this happened to you, however, it made for a very clever and entertaining story! I do hope the spots come out. I have to tell you a similar thing happened to me. A brand new $60.00 white twill ottoman cover. I was pouring my husband a glass of red wine, for some reason, right over the ottoman, and you guessed it.... wine stains everywhere! I screamed also! Put it in bleach right away and all the wine stains came out. I guess it happens to all of us! Thank you for the post! You have a beautiful blog. Jane Flora Doora

  27. Image for Lin Lin

    I was right there hearing your scream and again with the twins spraying syrup on their pancakes! Such a fun story that you can tell over the years as they grow up! Your bedroom is so beautiful!

  28. Image for Colleen P Colleen P

    You wanted to wash it before you used it was really all part of your master plan from the start...right? It'll all come out in the wash as they say ;) Good luck!

  29. Image for Pam Pam

    Hope those spots come out! Do you know if that duvet came in a King size? Its hard to tell from your photos if you have a queen or a king size bed. I need a white duvet cover for our king size and $19.99 is the right price!! :)

  30. Image for Nora N Nora N

    When we bought the house, my husband moved in first and brought a long some cleaning supplies and random other things. Well one day I grabbed the Fabreze bottle and started spraying the carpet, and he stops me and says Uhm, that's not Fabreze, that's Holy Water. I'm like......what? And he goes on to tell me that his mom went to the Church, got some Holy Water, stored it in the Fabreze container since it had the spray nozzle, and gave it to him to promplty bless his new house. Obviously my carpets were never going to have that clean linen smell lol

  31. Image for Yvonne @ StoneGable Yvonne @ StoneGable

    This will someday... someday be a fun story to tell around the table. It will begin with... "Mom, remember the time...". Believe me it will be so worth the spots!!! And you will laugh and you will be so able to see the little boy in your grown up son's face! Now that is certainly worth more than $9.99... I'd say you really got a memory bargain! xo

  32. Image for Robin~All Things Heart and Home Robin~All Things Heart and Home

    Honey this is a Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious post! I love that you find the humor because as you know, all too soon they'll be living on their own and no one will be playing hotel upstairs...but all of you will remember that one day :) Thank you for keeping it real my friend and the photos were just divine syrup or not! xo

  33. Image for Vanessa Vanessa

    Your little girls would fit right in at our house! Our kiddos could wreak some serious havoc huh? And you know that "hotel" is a frequent activity around my place too! ;-) Vanessa

  34. Image for Pinky Pinky

    I love that you screamed but nOT at them! This will be ANOTHER fabulous memory for you all and a story told over and over. I wish I had soemone to play hotel here, it is SO quiet. XO, Pinky

  35. Image for Trina @ afewmineradjustments Trina @ afewmineradjustments

    Your bedroom's it's just a tad bit sweeter. I probably wouldn't have taken it quite so well, but my duvet matches your throw pillows...the ones in your kitchen. And if you made yours like I made mine, then we know the material was pricey. Not $19.99. So syrup and my duvet definitely do not all...ever. No food in my room, lest mommy freak out. Ha! Happy pancakes and summer!

  36. Image for Jeannie Jeannie

    Your room is lovely. My sister has twins, when they were little, they were very, very busy, and never fessed up to anything. I can only imagine their little faces, all that guilt... Another great post. Jeannie

  37. Image for Sharon Sharon

    I'm sorry about your duvet, but I love the hotel pancake water bottle in syrup game! It reminds me of the games we used to make up as kids....always some kind of role play like that. Your room looks so fresh and bright and restful. LOVE it.

  38. Image for Betsy(@coastal-colors) Betsy(@coastal-colors)

    Yikes! Kids do the "darnest" things! Hot syrup; I love that! So sorry, I have my fingers crossed it will come out! You're a great mom!

  39. Image for Nanadoll Nanadoll

    oh, i truly do feel your pain...i gave up on white...i now have brown (yuck) and dark colors and bright insane next color choice will be the color of graphite pencil lead so that when my walls become art spaces...well, you know the rest...

  40. Image for Michele/Finch Rest Michele/Finch Rest

    I think I heard your screams from here in Columbus, Ohio. You poor poor mommy. Sigh. So - did it clean up nicely? How much ironing was necessary. Ugh. Hey, bring your kids up and visit. I can sleep 4 in beds and floor space in the private upstairs tv room. I live 5 minutes from the #1 zoo in the country: The Columbus Zoo - and next to it is Zoombezi Bay water park. And lots of neat shops. Hubs can take the kids to those two places and you and I could hit some awesome consignment/thrift/antique/junkin stores around here. Oh, and have a fabulous lunch at one of my favvie gal spots. I am only a few hours away. Do consider it. : - ) Would be a fun little road trip mini getaway.

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